7 barriers that maybe harming your fat loss

Weight loss may require more than working out at the gym or eating differently. Research shows many people have misconceptions about how to lose weight.

While there isn’t a magic formula, it’s best to avoid these seven common mistakes:

1. Healthy foods – Often people think they can eat unlimited amounts of “healthy” foods. While many vegetables contain minimal calories, some foods, such as nuts, seeds and nut butters, should be eaten in moderation, because they contain an excessive amount of calories.

2. Beverages – When losing weight, it’s important to avoid drinking beverages high in calories and sugar, such as lattes and alcohol. Better beverage options include water, sugar-free tea, coffee and low-fat milk.

3. Balance – For optimum results, follow the 40/40/20 rule when trying to lose weight:

  • 40 percent carbohydrates
  • 40 percent protein
  • 20 percent healthy fat

This ratio may not be best for everyone. Consult your doctor or nutritionist for assistance.

4. Protein – Many people don’t eat enough foods rich in protein. Research shows people who eat a high-protein diet are not as hungry and eat less during the day. Proteins also help lower cholesterol and blood sugar.

5. Weight lifting – Exercise experts recommend continually increasing the weight you lift. This helps create an extreme energy demand to help your body burn fat and lose weight.

6. Cardio – For most people, cardio workouts don’t provide the resistance training needed to burn fat. Instead of spending a lot of time on cardio machines, do a cardio workout with a few short rest periods.

7. Sleep and stress – People who are stressed and sleep-deprived often experience problems losing weight. Their bodies produce too much cortisol, a stress hormone, and become less sensitive to insulin, which makes it difficult to burn fat. Schedule time for at least 8 hours of sleep nightly and participate in relaxing activities to lower stress. Try doing yoga, taking a soothing bath, reading a book or watching a fun movie.


Supermarket shopping list 7 Day diet plan

The first in our series of Supermarket Chefs diet plans uses food from Sainsbury’s. The plan has around 1100-1200 calories a day, is nutritionally balanced and contains plenty of fruit and veg. Don’t worry, there’s also a ‘treat’ for each day so you won’t feel deprived.

The benefits of these plans are convenience, portion control, and the fact that you don’t have to think about what you’re going to eat.

Ideal if you’re busy, or not keen on cooking after a long day, the plan uses ready meals for dinners, and quick lunches like sandwiches and soup.

This plan is meant for people who want to lose weight, and contains around 1200 calories a day which, for most people, will produce a weight loss of around 2lbs a week.*

Day 1 – Monday

Scott's Old Fashioned Porage Oats

Scott’s Porage Oats with Strawberries and Honey

Roast Chicken Salad Sandwich with Chive Mayonnaise, Be Good to Yourself, Sainbury's

Roast Chicken Salad Sandwich, Sainbury’s BGTY + Strawberry Yoghurt

Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni, Be Good to Yourself, Sainsbury's

Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni, Sainsbury’s BGTY

Red and Green Grapes

Red and Green Grapes
Pink Lady Apple

Light & Whippy Chocolate Bar, Sainsbury's

Light & Whippy Chocolate Bar, Sainsbury’s

Day 2 – Tuesday

Sainsbury's Greek Style Low Fat Natural Yogurt

Low Fat Greek Style Yoghurt with Raspberries and Blueberries

Sainsbury's Tomato & Three Bean Soup, Be Good To Yourself

Tomato and Three Bean Soup, Sainsbury’s BGTY and 2 Plums

Sainsbury's Sausage & Mash, Be Good To Yourself

Sainsbury’s BGTY Chilli Con Carne

Sainsbury's Unsalted Nut Selection

Mixed Nuts, Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury's Raspberry Trifle, Be Good To Yourself

Raspberry Jelly

Day 3 – Wednesday

Sainsbury's Free Range Woodland Medium Eggs

Boiled Egg with Soldiers

Sainsbury's Tomato & Mozzarella Salad Bowl, Taste the Difference

Tomato and Mozzarella Salad, Sainsbury’s TTD + Banana

Sainsbury's Chilli Con Carne, Be Good To Yourself

Sainsbury’s BGTY Beef Lasagne and BGTY Garlic Bread

Sainsbury's Pink Lady Apples

Pink Lady Apple

Sainsbury's Chocolate Muffin Dessert, Be Good To Yourself

Mini Chocolate Chip Muffin

Day 4 – Thursday

Sainsbury's Strawberries

Scott’s Porage with Strawberries and Honey

Sainsbury's Mini Houmous Snack Pots, Be Good To Yourself

Houmous with Pitta Bread, Carrot Sticks and Grapes

Sainsbury's Fish Pie, Be Good To Yourself

Fish Pie, Sainsbury’s BGTY with Mixed Vegetables

Sainsbury's Mixed Red Fruit Yogurt

Black Cherry Yoghurt, Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury's Light & Whippy Chocolate Bars

Light & Whippy Chocolate Bar, Sainsbury’s

Day 5 – Friday

Sainsbury's Unsmoked Bacon Medallions, Be Good To Yourself

Bacon Medallions and Baked Beans on Toast

Sainsbury's Root Vegetable Soup, Be Good To Yourself

Root Vegetable Soup, Sainsbury’s BGTY and Satsuma

Sainsbury's Shepherds Pie, Be Good To Yourself

Shepherd’s Pie, Sainsbury’s BGTY with Mixed Vegetables

Sainsbury's Conference Pears

Conference Pear

Sainsbury's Raspberry Trifle, Be Good To Yourself

Mandarin Jelly

Day 6 – Saturday

Sainsbury's Scotch Pancakes

Scotch Pancake with Greek Yoghurt, Raspberries and Blueberries

Sainsbury's Baked Jacket Potatoes

Jacket Potato with Cheese and Coleslaw

Sainsbury's Chicken Chow Mein, Be Good To Yourself

Chicken Chow Mein, Sainsbury’s BGTY

Sainsbury's Pink Lady Apples

Pink Lady Apple

Sainsbury's Fresh Cream Strawberry Scones

Sainsbury’s BGTY Rice Pudding

Day 7 – Sunday

Sainsbury's Unsmoked Bacon Medallions, Be Good To Yourself

Egg and Bacon on Toast

Sainsbury's My Goodness! Classic Roast Chicken Dinner

Sainsbury’s BGTY Chicken Dinner

Sainsbury's Prawn Cocktail Sandwich, Be Good to Yourself

Prawn Cocktail Sandwich, Sainsbury’s BGTY

Sainsbury's Plum Punnet

2 Plums

Sainsbury's Apple & Blackberry Crumble, Be Good To Yourself

Bramley Apple and Blackberry Crumble

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Bowen Therapy Offer

We are happy to bring you this limited time only Bowen Therapy Introductory Offer of:

1 session = £25

2 sessions = £44

3 sessions = £65

Normal session price £45

What is Bowen Therapy?

Bowen is a holistic remedial body technique that works on the soft connective tissue (fascia) of the body.

Bowen therapy can be used to treat musculoskeletal or related neurological problems including acute sports injuries and chronic or organic conditions. It is gentle and relaxing and does not use forceful manipulation. 

Bowen therapy is performed on the superficial and deep fascia. The fascia, or soft tissue, is the part of the connective tissue that envelops, separates and influences every organ and tissue in the body. 

The Bowen technique is safe to use on anyone, from newborns to the elderly and for any musculoskeletal or related neuromuscular complaint.

It is a holistic treatment that treats the whole person and aims to treat the cause of problems, rather than the symptoms. 

The Bowen Technique makes a positive, healthy impact by providing more energy and an overall sense of well-being.

What can Bowen Therapy Treat?

Bowen can be an effective treatment for:

• Musculo-skeletal, back and neck problems.

• Frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and R.S.I.

• Accident and sports injuries.

• Problems with posture and body alignment.

• Stress and tension-based reactions, migraine and recurring headaches.

• Bronchial and related conditions such as hay-fever and asthma.

• many cases of emotional illness where relaxation is a prime factor in easing pain and discomfort

How does the treatment work?

Our qualified therapist will travel to you and provide a treatment in the comfort of your own home.

The treatment is given with the client wearing light clothing without the need to remove clothes.

What you can expect?

Bowen is not an ongoing therapy. The person may experience relief after just the first session and significant resolution or recovery within three sessions.

Bowen Therapy Introductory Offer

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2 sessions = £44

3 sessions = £65

Normal session price £45

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How to prevent over-training in runners


The goal of any training program should be to provide incremental steps that progressively overload the body so that physiological adaptations can occur and provide an improvement to performance.

The distance that we are running can change the type of stress we are placing on the body, but essentially we will always be overloading when the mileage or intensity is increasing. The successful program should aim to try and avoid the negative combination of excessive overload and inadequate recovery.

When our training frequency, volume, or intensity  becomes excessive without adequate rest, recovery, and nutrient intake, conditions of extreme fatigue, illness, or injury  can often occur.

The accumulation of training stress on top of training/life stress can result in a deterioration in performance with or without the associated physiological and psychological signs and symptoms of poor adaptation, this is termed – overtraining.

Depending on the extent that an athlete remains in this overtrained state, restoration of performance can often take considerable time and aftercare.

Usually by the time we are experiencing the negative effects of overtraining we will have already gone too far into the process and performance will have started to suffer. This can often over spill into other areas of the our life and a general feeling of being unwell or below par without an easily identifiable cause can start to play havoc with day to day functioning.Over training in runners

It is better then to avoid getting too far into this state in the first place than having to claw our way out of it with an enforced lay off period.

Over reaching

When a runner increases training loads that lead to short-term decreases in performance, we term this temporary response as overreaching or functional overreaching (FOR).

Recovery from this process can normally be achieved within a few days or weeks of rest; and we can consequently, use this process of overreaching as a planned phase in our training programs. Essentially we are aiming to overwork and then reduce training volume to allow for a “supercompensation” in performance to occur.

This is often where the problems can start to appear. In the short term this process can be a desirable state to illicit but it is often extended too far and begins to almost trip the athlete into the negative states that can then result.

Its A short step from From Over Reaching to Over Training

As the intensification of our training volume/intensity continues (excessive junk miles, more hard interval sessions) without sufficient recovery and regeneration, we can begin to slide into a state of extreme overreaching, or nonfunctional overreaching (NFOR).

Over training in runnersNFOR can lead to possible decreases in performance that may continue for an extended period of time way beyond that of standard over reaching.

When we  abuse the balance between training and recovery, we invite the process of overtraining into our lives. Often some of the first signs and symptoms of excessive training stress are:-

a decrease performance

an increased level of fatigue

decreased vigor

hormonal disturbances

Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Over Training

Two differing types of OTS have been suggested: sympathetic and parasympathetic and they can reveal themselves at any point where increases in training are not matched with appropriate recovery strategies.

The sympathetic overtraining syndrome includes increased sympathetic activity at rest, whereas the parasympathetic overtraining syndrome often involves increased parasympathetic activity at rest and with exercise.Image result for cns

Essentially with Sympathetic Overtraining, the SNS is overactive, and in Parasympathetic Overtraining the SNS is underactive or “fatigued” and unable to produce the necessary hormones.

Sympathetic dominance

The sympathetic syndrome is thought to develop before the parasympathetic syndrome and is often seen in runners  whose training involves more speed/power/anaerobic components. Essentially all states of overtraining will descend into the parasympathetic syndrome and the eventual suppression and disruption of most physiological systems throughout the body. Some Symptoms include

• Fatigue

• Trouble Sleeping

• Weight loss

• Decreased performance

• Frequent illness and colds

• Overuse injuries become present

• Elevated morning heart rate

• Elevated cortisol levels

Parasympathetic Overtraining symptoms are as follows.

• Fatigue

• Depression

• Decreased Performance

• Achy legs at night


• Possible craving of carbohydrates and caffeine

• Overuse injuries

• Normal heart rate while at rest or LOWER HR than usual

• Low Blood Pressure

Essentially though there exists a grey area where symptoms can wax and wane either way so there may be an overlap between which type you are experiencing, but fatigue and decreases in performance will be a dominant feature.

Volume, Intensity, Duration and recovery are key

Runners in either state will often be unable to sustain high-intensity exercise or in some cases be unable to sustain/achieve previous levels of performance when training load is maintained or increased.

The important take home message is that it is often an avoidable scenario. In many cases OTS can result from mistakes in the prescription of training load and a poor management of the many training variables (e.g., intensity, duration, volume, and rest and recovery).

A common mistake that has been highlighted over and over again involves the rate of progressive overload being too high, and repeatedly increasing either the volume or intensity (or both) too rapidly without adequate recovery for extended and unnecessary periods of time.

The dose of exercise is more than is required and the recovery processes are being out stripped. By not allowing for adequate compensation to occur the body either breaks down or grinds to a halt.

Nutrient intake and adequate calories during training

Image result for nutritionNutrition is an important factor in the overtraining syndrome and some important principles have been put forward. They are as useful in the prevention as they are in the cure, so adhering to them may actually help to avoid this in the first place.

Nutrition general principles

  • Eliminate all high-glycemic foods, especially sugar and other refined flour. Moderating your simple carbohydrate intake overall can also be helpful as high carbohydrate diets may further elevate cortisol levels.
  • possible removal of gluten and known reactive foods.
  • Consume smaller, more frequent meals to help control blood sugar and cortisol, especially for those with symptoms of anxiety, depression, fatigue, hunger and poor sleep.
  • Adequate caloric intake is paramount and avoid the development of hypoglycemia. Include moderate amounts of protein and healthful fats like coconut oil.
  • Adequate daily hydration.
  • Overtraining may disrupt the normal balance of fats in the body, which help control inflammation. Eliminate the intake of omega-6 vegetable oils (soy, peanut, safflower, canola, corn), which may promote inflammation. EPA/DHA supplements can help reduce inflammation.
  • Caffeine consumption is should really be avoided where possible in over trained athletes. Avoid stimulants such as coffee, tea  and chocolate.
  • Zinc may help control the abnormally high levels of cortisol and estrogen,
  • 24-hour cortisol should be measured to determine abnormal peak levels; then the zinc supplementation should be taken two to three hours prior to cortisol peaks.
  • Biofeedback Training to retrain the autonomic nervous system.
  • Hormone optimization to hasten recovery and reduce symptomology.

Nutrition during training

Aim to consume 30-60 g carbs per hour this will help to avoid blood sugar crashes during training.

Some drinks to consume during training include, Torq nutrition energy, High5 Energy Source Powder, or Vega Clean Energy this list is not exclusive and there are many others on the market that will fit the bill.

Post exercise nutrition

Consume Moderate/high GI foods.
• Consume 1g carb / kg immediately after exercise. ( eg 90 kg = 90g of carbs)
• Consume 50g carbohydrate every 2hrs for 2/3 hours if main meal is not available
• Carbohydrates can be consumed as solids and/or fluids.

Ingest of 10g -40g protein shortly after exercise, some recommend that using a recovery blend containing carbs and protein in the correct rations is the easiest way of achieving this process quickly and easily, making sure that the nutritional system in place is consistently adhered to.

Again some suggestions include Torq recovery, Vega Clean Protein Vegan Plant Based Protein Powderhigh 5 recovery protein drink. Again there are many others but the important thing is to get the recovery process started as quickly as possible and sometimes a liquid based formula is the most convenient way of consistently getting the calories in.

Using a Periodized training plan

Use a Periodization training plan this will ensure that you follow the correct method of  sequencing training loads and recovery periods within the overall training year.

An annual plan should be designed to ensure fitness goals are focused on at an appropriate time of the year.

You can follow a training plan that involves breaking the year up into smaller phases that are easier to manage and recover from-stressing the correct systems at different sequences in the training year predominately alternating hard and easy sessions to reduce training monotony and promote recovery.

4 excellent books on the subject of periodization and training planning are :-

Adaptogen supplements/herbs

Adaptogens, raise resistance to various negative factors: physical, chemical, biological and psychological. The preparations stimulate physical and mental ability, raise the organisms resistance to various kinds of sicknesses, poisoning, and training stress. They stimulate the central nervous system sex glands activities, decrease sugar and cholesterol level in blood, improve appetite, sharpen sight and hearing.

Siberian Ginseng

Siberian Ginseng produces a comprehensive strengthening and toning impact; it has been recommended in treating various neural diseases, impotence, lung ailments, medium forms of diabetes mellitus, and malignant tumours. Improving the body’s natural defences against stress.

Rhodiola rosea

Rhodiola boosts physical and mental performance, along with enhancing recovery from intense-resistance exercise. Broadly speaking, these beneficial effects result from the interplay of several physiological mechanisms.

  • Enhances mitochondrial function, and therefore influences substrate oxidation and turnover.
  • Reduces exercise-induced lipid and protein oxidation.
  • Facilitates the biosynthesis, activation, and transport of neurotransmitters in the brain, particularly the opioids (i.e., beta-endorphins).
  • Influences the levels of biogenic monoamines, such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine in the cerebral cortex, brain stem, and hypothalamus.
  • Modulates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.


 Recommendations with the aim to prevent overtraining in athletes are presented below:

 Consider that the athletes have different levels of ability and tolerance to the training load;

 Monitor the performance by registering training and competitions. Athletes and coaches should register training frequency, duration and intensity, factoring in periods of adequate rest between the sessions ;

 Progressively increase the training load through proper periodization methods. Do not increase the weekly training load in more than 10%

 Provide training load modifications, with volume reductions, intensity alterations, avoiding monotony in the training as well, giving priority to recovery periods;

 Integrate mental and relaxation sessions in daily training routines with the purpose to recover energy and reinforce concentration

 Establish realistic and effective goals to training and competitions, 

 Avoid excessive competitions through an annual adequate planning(56);

 Encourage the development of psychological as well as physiological  abilities, controlling stress factors, diet and a balanced approach to training;

 Keep a balanced diet, with large variety of nutrients which mainly contains carbohydrates, proteins and electrolytes. The use of vitamins and electrolytes may be necessary in case the diet is deficient 

 Use the active and passive recovery processes, including periods of absolute rest where required.

Miguel Rodriguez squash racket

Technifibre carboflex 125 Heritage squash racket.

2018 British open champion Miguel Rodriguez uses the Technifibre carboflex 125 Heritage squash racket.

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Additional specs

Balance: 350+/- 5 mm

Beam: 18mm

Construction: Graphite & Basaltex Multiaxial

FactoryStrings: Sythetic Gut Black 1.25 Gauge

Flex: Isomorph Shaft

Head size (Inches): 77″

Head size (cm): 500 cm

Stringing pattern: 14 x 18

Unstrung weight: 125 grams

Previous Racket

He was previously using the Tecnifibre Dynergy AP 125, a new frame with a similar power ring setup used in some of the prince rackets.

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• Premium construction made of lightweight but extremely torsion-resistant high modulus graphite for fast response and explosive acceleration, frame weight: 125 g (+/- 5 g, without string, eyelet and grip band).

• Includes high-quality fabric with TF Dnamx-string, diameter: 1.20 mm, black, “made in France” and full-cover.

• Arch power technology: optimum unfolding of the dynamic properties of the highly elastic PU covering by means of max. length of the longitudinal strings, jumbo shaft design with elliptical frame profile for max. power.

• Playing surface: 490 cm2, for ultimate power development/max. ball speed.

Watch Miguel capture the 2018 British Open title against world number 1. Mohammed El Shorbagy.

Paul Coll Squash Racket

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Fast rising Kiwi squash star Paul Coll uses the Eye V.Lite 115 Control

The extended fan string pattern is offset by the thicker shaft, allowing for a balanced weight distribution. The frame is relatively stiff, giving a direct response and impressive control.



Head size (cm):

477 cm

Stringing pattern:

14 x 18

Unstrung weight:

115 grams


Eye Rackets

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